Death in the Long Grass: A Big Game Hunter's Adventures in the African Bush

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Macmillan, 1977 - Biography & Autobiography - 297 pages
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Few men can say they have known Africa as Peter Hathaway Capstick has know it-- leading safaris through lion country; tracking man-eating leopards along tangled jungle paths; running for cover as fear-maddened elephants stampede in all directions. And of the few who have known this dangerous way of life, fewer still can recount their adventures with the flair of this former professional hunter-turned-writer.

Based on Capstick's own experiences and the personal accounts of his colleagues, Death in the Long Grass portrays the great killers of the African bush-- not only the lion, leopard, and elephant, but the primitive rhino and the crocodile waiting for its unsuspecting prey, the titanic hippo and the Cape buffalo charging like an express train out of control. Capstick was a born raconteur whose colorful descriptions and eye for exciting, authentic detail bring us face to face with some of the most ferocious killers in the world-- underrated killers like the surprisingly brave and cunning hyena, silent killers such as the lightning-fast black mamba snake, collective killers like the wild dog. Readers can lean back in a chair, sip a tall, iced drink, and revel in the kinds of hunting stories Hemingway and Ruark used to hear in hotel bars from Nairobi to Johannesburg, as veteran hunters would tell of what they heard beyond the campfire and saw through the sights of an express rifle.

As thrilling as any novel, as taut and exciting as any adventure story, Death in the Long Grass takes us deep into the heart of darkness to view the Africa that few people have ever seen.

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Review: Death in the Long Grass: A Big Game Hunter's Adventures in the African Bush

User Review  - Paula Rothman - Goodreads

This would have garnered a 5 had it not been for the hunting aspect. Witty, mostly well written. Gun enthusiasts and hunters would enjoy this two-fisted, belly up to the bar style of writing; I was put off by the killing, sometimes of endangered species. A very exciting book, however. Read full review

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User Review  - Peter Ryan - Goodreads

A classic of my youth now overtaken by time. As a boy it thrilled me. Read full review


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About the author (1977)

Peter Hathaway Capstick grew up in rural New Jersey and soon learned to love the outdoors and wildlife. After a career on Wall Street he decided to heed his sense of adventure and became a professional hunter, first in the rain forests of Latin America and then in Central Africa. He now lives with his wife, Mary Catharine, on Florida's Gulf Coast, where he is a successful outdoor writer.

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